I wasn’t going to write about this because I find this becoming more idiotic with each passing day.
I understand that the Patriots have a past of skirting, bending and at times, even breaking the rules. But in the grand scheme of things, isn’t this being taken to the extreme considering past scandals in the NFL?
OK, I concede that there is a standard as to what the NFL footballs need to be set at a certain PSI. But did the use of the underinflated footballs really have that much of a bearing on New England’s 45-7 win over the Indianapolis Colts? Doubtful.
Case in point: It has been determined that if the underinflated footballs were used, it would have been in the first half as the footballs were checked at halftime and filled to the proper settings.
At that time, the Patriots were ahead of the Colts 17-7 with the Colts very much in the game.
But New England exploded for 21 points in the third quarter, using properly inflated footballs, made the Colts one dimensional by forcing them to revert to strictly a passing game and were able to harass Andrew Luck into making poor decisions.
Now, there isn’t a doubt in my mind that New England did in fact use the under-inflated footballs. But did Belichick or Brady or any member of the coaching staff have any part in actually ordering someone to make these footballs illegal?
Let’s examine a few irregularities. The footballs were checked nearly 2 hours before game time. Why would they be checked that far in advance? Wouldn’t they be checked as close to game time as possible? It can’t be they didn’t have the time. At half time, which is only 12 minutes long, they had the ability to gather all 24 footballs, check them and pump them up to standard specifications.
To ensure that the footballs were set to standards, couldn’t they have been checked and set at standard specifications much, much closer to game time?
And why on earth would the starting quarterbacks have any say as to which ones should be for their use and ones they reject be used for the kicking game?
But what is really getting my dander up is the media frenzy surrounding this so-called “scandal.”
You can be damn sure that more stringent checks will be in place for Super Bowl 49. So we can be assured that the footballs used in the game will not have any effect on the outcome of the game.
It’s time to stop this nonsense. The NFL has made a huge mistake in letting this drag out for an entire week. Roger Goodell and whoever is in charge of checking the equipment should have had this all wrapped up in 24 hours.
If the investigation found that the Patriots did have any part in it, the NFL should levy a fine against them that would hurt the pocket book to the extreme.
Forbes has valued the Patriots at $1.4 billion dollars. The fine should be 1/4 of their worth which would turn out to be $350,000,000 million dollars. And for good measure, they lose their first and second round draft picks for the next 3 years.
Extreme? To be sure. But it would send a message to the rest of the NFL that cheating of any kind will not be tolerated.
However, what if it was an equipment manager took it upon himself to let some of the air out of 11 footballs because he had heard that Tom Brady likes softer footballs?
Well, that person is an employee of the New England Patriots. And it just goes to show, that if it indeed is true an employee of the Patriots is responsible for getting the footballs to the football field, we have what is know as the fox guarding the hen house, don’t we?
If that’s the case, we can reduce the fine drastically as well as not lose any draft picks. Naturally the equipment manager is terminated and banned from ever getting another job with another NFL team,
Either way, this nonsense goes away in a day and the focus goes back to what is important.
The Super Bowl.
On to the game please.